Thursday, March 8, 2012
Bonnibuns Rapid Dry AIO Diaper Review
This diaper was purchased with my own money and was not sponsored by the company or any retailer. All opinions are my own.
Fits: 8-40 pounds (4-18 kg)
The Bonnibuns Rapid Dry Diapers are made by Australian Company Bonnibuns. And before I even start the review, I want to note that apparently the American diaper terminology is different than Australian diaper terminology since this diaper is considered an AIO to them and an AI2 to us since this diaper comes with a snap in/out insert and an outer shell.
Price Per Diaper: ★★☆☆☆ Each diaper retails for $28 (AUD) which converts to $29.69 in US dollars. I am unable to locate a retailer in the US, and I have no idea what shipping would be from Australia, so this could be a pricey venture. However, I was able to snag this diaper off of BabySteals.com for a deal of $15.49 plus shipping. This site has made this diaper more affordable and available to US customers. And at $15.49 plus a couple dollars for shipping, this makes this diaper more of an average price.
Leaks: ★★★★☆ This diaper consists of an outer shell made of PUL on the exterior and suedecloth on the interior. There is a trifold snap in insert made of 6 layers of bamboo and 1 layer of suedecloth on top for next to baby skin. I found that this insert was extremely absorbent and we did not have many leaks. I did find that when we did have a leak, the main problem was around the legs. Due to the way the legs are made, the suedecloth can roll out and cause leaking. Also, even if you have all of the suedecloth tucked in, if your insert is getting saturated, wetness can wick out those legs. Overall, I was quite shocked and pleased that the insert absorbed as well as it did, but the leg holes can be problematic.
Fit: ★★★☆☆ This is hard to rate. This diaper is an OS diaper, but does not have rise snaps. This diaper only has two rows of waist snaps (including a cross over set of snaps) to make the waist smaller. The back waist also has elastic to give a better fit around the waist. I found that the rise on my 2 1/2 year old was a little lower than I would have liked and I can only imagine that the rise would be pretty high on an infant. Also, on my tall/skinny 2 1/2 year old, I still had the waist snaps on the smallest (without crossing over) setting. This means that this diaper has tons of room for chunky kids, but for smaller babies especially skinny ones, I am not certain that you will find a good fit. This is just my opinion, obviously I have no way of testing this.
Ease of Use: ★★★☆☆ As I mentioned above, the fit could be quite problematic depending on your child's stature. I also did not love the actual tabs on the diaper. When you snap the diaper on the smallest setting without crossing over, the two tabs bunch up on one another. The actual function of the diaper is very easy. The trifold insert has seams where it folds, so it folds quite easily and nicely. There is only one snap at the back of the diaper that holds the insert in place which is extremely simple. Likewise, washing is also a cinch due to having just one snap. The hope of this diaper is to be able to reuse the shell and just replace the insert. I found that every time my insert was wet, my shell suedecloth was as well. I am not certain that you would be able to to reuse the shell unless you caught your child just as they peed and it didn't make it to the shell.
Washing: ★★★★★ This diaper was extremely easy to wash. With just one single snap, there is not much touching involved to separate the shell from the insert. Everything washed well with no staining or wear noticed after many washes. The bamboo has stayed very soft and does not make the diaper hard under baby's bum and the suedecloth has also stayed soft and repelled stains well. Due to the design of the diaper, it is as the name implies, a Rapid dry diaper! This diaper did not take near as long as some of my other diapers to dry and would definitely cut down on dryer time and gas/electric bills.
Overall: ★★★☆☆ There were definitely things about this diaper that I loved and definitely things that I didn't love. I love the trifold bamboo insert and how well it absorbed. But I didn't love the possible fit issues or the fact that this AI2 cannot be used as such; the shell had to be washed after every use and could not be reused as intended. I think with a few simple improvements such as fixing the suedecloth at the leg holes and adding rise snaps, this could be a fantastic diaper.
Total Stars: 20/30
Posted by Laura D. at 3:12 PM